Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Our greatest reward isn't being in the spotlight. Our greatest reward is helping somone else find their inner spotlight. That thing which illuminates them from within, their purpose- author unknown

Saturday, April 14, 2012


I am wondering once more,
what is death and what does it mean to die?
I did what I usually do and I went on a quest to find out what death means and what happens when you die. I have to know for some reason.
I have seen birds die, dogs die and roadkill. I have even witnessed a human being dying, but what does it mean to die?
Apparently there is a lot more to dying than what meets the eye.
I've read numerous articles and definitions and watched vidoes and came accross this one article that kind of got my attention. I guess I will be looking into this thought a little more.
What Happens When You Die? Evidence Suggests Time Simply Reboots    
There is hope. I might not be so scare of dying after all.
I wonder why certain people are destined to witness death and others not? What makes one person more adequate than another? Why are certain people witnessing more than one death in their lifetime? How do people at war feel after seeing so much killing and death?
I have so many questions and my brain simply cannot rest until I know.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to write a manual

I've revisited this thought and started reading on how to write a manual. I am determined to hand over my manual to my husband in a few months.
Here are some steps to consider when writing a manual:

1. The ideal manual need to be consulted only once for any point or activity: Someone should be able to reash each section of the manual, say " Oh yes, I get it" and never have to read it again. This will be a difficult task since I have to repeat things and keep reminding my husband constantly about the things I like or don't.

2. The manual should be activity-centered. Pick the most basic activities and explain how to accomplish them. Make the explanations short and simple, with illustrations. Today's manuals like to explian every knob and button. Remember: People do not want to read manuals- they want to do their activity. Yes they do, sometimes to great dismay of the other person involved.  Help them get right to work, with minimum reading. I can do that, pictures and very few words are my specialty.

3. Test the manual with people chosen to match the intended user community. How do you test a manual before the product is even designed? The manual testing should be done in conjunction with the first desing tests using rapid-prototyping techniques used by the Human Centered Design team. Duh, I know that already that is the whole point in writing the manual.

4. Put legal warnings in a seperate booklet or in the Appendix. When a manual is needed, it is needed right away, and having to work one's way through pages of legal warnings only increaes the anxiety level and decreases the pleasure of the product. Mmmm, I guess he fineprint should be noted on a seperate page for easy access.

These 4 steps should provide me with enough backbone to get started.

The MAN-ual

Wouldn't life have been easier if we all came with a manual?
I think more marriages and more relationships would last if we each swapped manuals on the first date.
Imagine you fell in love with this man, things go well until you go to his house and see he leaves open containers in the refrigerator or that he has issues with you wanting to sleep on the left side of the bed.
In relationships we all have to make compromises, but what if we did not have to?
What if we could swap manuals and find the perfect partner?
Wishful thinking?
I think not
I guess it is time to start writing,

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The biggest tormenter of oneself is the mind

Wow, it's been two weeks exactly that I've been walking around with this inner beast feasting on my mind. Going back and forth about where I am at this moment in time. If I was to stand outside of myself would I like what I see? Would I enjoy being around myself? Why have I turned into such a depressive person in such a short period of time? How come I don't wake up in the morning with a song in my heart like I used to? Through all this I am realizing that Life is tough and all I need to do is get tougher. I have the single most important gift that any person could ever want and that is my health. I am capable of moving mountains if I wanted to. I am capable of inspiring those of us who are least inspired. I walked on the beach last night. My husband wanted to know why I like to come to the beach at night and not during the daytime. He would not understand even if he wanted to. Being so close to the majestical ocean and the wide open sky with the weaning moon was the best therapy that money could buy. Standing with my feet in the water and letting the waves break over them washed away the past two weeks of torment that my mind put me through. I am going to clean out my closet tonight and tomorrow is the start of a brand new week in which I can do whatever I set my mind to. I will go to sleep tonight knowing that I am not going to lose these mind battles I put myself through.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Picture perfect world

Have you ever gone to someone’s house and looked at their pictures or went online on a social network and looked endlessly at pictures?  Did you see the smiling faces, the moment captured forever in a single shot? A birthday, a graduation and a wedding celebration. Have you seen pictures of war, birth and cute little animals? They say a picture speaks a thousand words. I recently saw a picture of a friend of mine. By looking at the picture you would think they have a lifetime of happiness ahead of themselves. They were all smiling and being silly with wigs and big glasses. A month later her father passed away. All that is left are the memories of that moment captured in the picture. I looked at it and wondered if they would have been that silly had they known what was ahead. I wondered if they would all have had those terrific smiles and laughter flowing from their faces. I realize that I want to take my camera and capture every smile, every frown every tear every situation I possibly can to remind myself every day how precious life is.